suddenly refusing supplements

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  • pipsmom Original Poster
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    Hey Everyone,
    My horse is suddenly refusing supplements. This is a horse that will eat ANYTHING without any issue. He has been on the same supplements for awhile and I have never had an issue adding new things. He is on quite a bit as he has been dealing with EPM and he is older. A few days ago he had complete water diarrhea so the vet treated for Potomac Fever(he was still eating and drinking and acting fine but vet wanted to be proactive). Since then he has refused to eat any supplement. I fed him his grain straight and he ate that. I took out most of the supplements he eats and only gave him the grain smartpaks and I mixed it with alfalfa pellets and he ate the alfalfa. Any ideas? I have him on senior joint, red cell, tri amino, immune, probotic, and then other things are turmeric, flax seed, and vitamin E. I am at a boarding barn so I cannot be there most of the time at feeding and there are too many horses for them to mix up special concoctions for him to eat. Any thoughts?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I mix my supplements with timothy cubes, some grain, carrots and water. Both my horses eat them that way just fine. I am also at a boarding farm, but make it a point to be there everyday to feed this to them because I feel it is my responsibility to do so. For those who cannot be there, the farm will make it, but there is, naturally, a fee. I also leave packages (a week’s supply) for each of them, just in case weather intervenes and I cannot get there. Perhaps your farm could do the same? We have several horses who need supplements, not just mine, so it isn’t that they only have to do this for one or two. Smartpak will even deliver your supplements to the barn where your horse lives, if asked.

    It is never the horse's fault

    AshleySummer AshleySummer
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    I mix my supplements with timothy cubes, some grain, carrots and water. Both my horses eat them that way just fine. I am also at a boarding farm, but make it a point to be there everyday to feed this to them because I feel it is my responsibility to do so. For those who cannot be there, the farm will make it, but there is, naturally, a fee. I also leave packages (a week’s supply) for each of them, just in case weather intervenes and I cannot get there. Perhaps your farm could do the same? We have several horses who need supplements, not just mine, so it isn’t that they only have to do this for one or two. Smartpak will even deliver your supplements to the barn where your horse lives, if asked.

    that is a good advice!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Thank you Ashley! I should also have mentioned that one of our boarders has a horse with EPM, and since she works in another state, she mixes his daily whatever it is he gets and leaves a month’s worth of individual containers. This could also work for pipsmom.

    I started doing mine with the hay cubes because I got tired of sitting on the floor picking up little pellets to handfeed. This is much easier for me.

    It is never the horse's fault

    NMB
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    Hi, my horse won’t eat anything that I put in her grain, so I have had to get creative finding different ways to get her to eat her supplements that I mix in her grain. The best thing that works for her, is applesauce, then molasses, but she definitely prefers the applesauce, I mix it really good so that she can’t pick the grain out and leave the supplements, sometimes I add alittle water to make sure everything is mixed really well. Try that, it works for my pickey horse!! Good luck, I have had to try so many things to get her to eat her supplements, I feel like an expert on the subject!!
    NMB

    ohminsun
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    I wonder if perhaps you could split up the various supplements into AM and PM feedings? Maybe there’s just some flavor combination that your horse isn’t a fan of anymore?

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    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    If charcoal is among the extras added, it should be at night, and the others all in the morning. Otherwise, the charcoal will just flush everything back out, thereby wasting whatever you give. Or so I’ve been told.

    It is never the horse's fault

    AngelaDeGennaro AngelaDeGennaro
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    I would almost make his feed like a mash so that he doesn’t know or can taste them in there and add something sweet but something with not to much sugar so that he REALLY doesn’t taste it! Hope this helps!

    It's the difficult horses that have the most to give you.

    Kathy
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    I had an IR/cushings horse that suddenly refused to eat his thyroid, after eating it in his feed for years! Eventually I mixed it with applesauce and used a syringe to get it down his throat. Guaranteed administration, but lots of work, too. If something else with greater volume was required, I mixed up a Speedibeet mash and mixed the supplement in there. He never failed to eat THAT stuff!!
    KS

    kandyhorse
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    Try adding a teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger and sprinkle with loose Himalayan rock salt. I mix the cinnamon and ginger into powdered supplements, where I don’t have the option of using pellets; then mix everything together with feed and timothy/alfalfa pellets, and sprinkle salt on top. You might also try replacing probiotics with Smart Gut or MVP Gastroplex pellets.
    Good Luck. I had a 28 year old TB with same issues, and the spices encouraged him to eat.

    abimcgee100 abimcgee100
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    Apple sauce, Apple sauce, Apple sauce! Mix supplements together in the applesauce. Then, pour over feed, or feed separately! Hope this helps!

    dee rider
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    My horse will not eat anything powdered, so I mix his supplements with apple sauce. and give it to him when I’m at the barn. When I can’t make it for more than one day, I leave everything for the crew at my boarding barn and they feed him for me, separately. Good luck!

    Buddy
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    You may have to try different products and see what works for him. He may be feeling nauseous (although horses can’t vomit with their one-way system), which is why his sense of smell is heightened. It could be anything that is causing that but because he has some medical issues and is/was treated for Potomac Horse Fever you will have to see what works. Some horses like Apple Sauce or Molasses and some don’t. Do be careful with the amount of sugar in take from them. You could try adding a cup of Bran to his feeds with the apple sauce and water. It is very important that when feeding Bran, one needs to always add water to the feed when feeding Bran. Make sure the entire feed is mixed up and is wet (not soggy like a mash). I understand that it is difficult to “cater” to each horse at a livery stable so if you supply all the necessary materials, that might make it a little easier for whomever is feeding. Supply a spoon, bottle of water, bran and other supplements in the feed room so it is all right there for the person. I would also try introducing the supplements gradually again as not to overwhelm your horses senses. Feeding Alfalfa hay/cubes is very rich and “heavy” in the horses system, so if you need to feed additional hay, try Timothy which is less rich and dense. Not knowing your particular situation, it is difficult to give suggestions but I would set everything up and make it easier for the people that feed so your horse gets it all without resentment from the people doing it. Talk to the stable manager or the person that feeds and explain what you would like to do and see what would make it as easy as possible for them. I hope you find a solution.

    Blue Ribbion Baby
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    Sometimes horses don’t like the smell of even feeling of the supplements in their mouth… I’ve had many horses who haven’t responded well to new or even old supplements. One way you can help them to eat not just the grain but their supplements is put some applesauce in their feed. This works like a charm to get them to start eating. It will help the smell , feeling, and taste.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    A senior pellet feed is good for the digestive system. A whole grain like sweet feed is really bad for old and young horses. A mineral block is good for horses to lick and get in there system.
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